Commonplace Chemicals and Their Health Effects

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This page is an information repository for the kind of information that large chemical companies generally do not want you to know. It's essentially a page of my notes. I provide it in the hope that it will be useful to people other than myself.

I finally grew tired of only seeing sporadic references to the toxic or otherwise unpleasant effects of various chemicals that are in our food, soil, air, beds, lotions, shampoos, carpets, cars, et cetera ad infinitum. I decided to consolidate all of the information that I was searching for and finding in one place.

Note: I don't guarantee any information herein for any purpose, and I suggest that you always do your own research.

Terms & Acronyms

a substance (for example, lecithin, also soap) that is soluable in both water and oil, and which is consequently used to combine the two.
CNS = central nervous system
PEG = polyethylene glycol

The List

Chemical Used for Used in Health effects Derived from Links Where banned
"1,3-diphenylpropane" ? sol-gel ? ? 1
"4-methylimidazole (4-MEI)" byproduct caramel color carcinogen 1
Acacia gum (E414); gum arabic coating food ? ? 1
Acesulfame potassium sweetener drinks ? ?
Acridine dyes experimental treatment for herpesvirus medication mutagen (frameshift); potent carcinogen ? ?
Acrylamide (byproduct?) soaps neurotoxicity; genotoxicity; carcinogenicity; reproductive toxicity ? 1
Aflatoxin strong carcinogen (contaminant) peanut butter; peanuts; corn; cottonseed cancer produced by fungus Aspergillus flavis 1
Ammonium xylenesulfonate thickener; improves water solubility shampoo ? ?
Antimony trihydride ? Possibly from PVC Possibly causes SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) ?
Asbestos insulator homes; vehicle brakes asbestosis; mesothelioma serpentine & other ultramafic rocks
Aspartame (Nutrasweet) sweetener foods; drinks cancer ? 1 2
A-Terpineol ? ? causes respiratory problems; including fatal edema; causes central nervous system damage ? ?
Azodicarbonamide flour; jar closure technology ? degrades to semicarbazide which causes DNA damage in mice ? 1
Bacitracin topical antibiotic ? contact dermatitis ? 1
Benzalkonium Chloride antibiotic moist-wipes; cosmetics highly toxic; mutagenic; reproductive damage; kidney damage; corrosive ? 1
Benzene (C6H6) ? found in Coca-Cola and other soft drinks carcinogen ? 1
Benzopyrene toxin found in smoke & soot mutagen (frameshift); potent carcinogen ? ?
Benzyl acetate ? ? linked to pancreatic cancer ? ?
Benzyl alcohol ? ? upper respiratory tract irritant ? ?
BHA preservative food carginogen ? ?
Bisphenol A ? food-grade plastics leaches into food to damage brain; disrupts hormones; may be carcinogen petroleum? 1 2
Boric acid insecticide mattresses; eye washes damages testes; can cause death ? 1
Butylparaben preservative soaps irritates skin; affects male reproductive system; paraben is an estrogen mimic ? 1
C8 used to manufacture Teflon Teflon pans; clothing causes birth defects ? ?
Calcium bicarbonate ? ? ? calcium carbonate reacting with carbonic acid (CO2) ?
Calcium carbonate (AKA calcite) abrasive toothpaste ? limestone ?
Calcium iodate ? chicken feed ? ? ?
Calcium pantothenate form of Vitamin B5 chicken feed ? ? ?
Camphor ? ? causes central nervous system disorders ? ?
Carrageenan thickener toothpaste ? seaweed ?
Choline chloride growth accelerator chicken feed ? ? ?
Chloroform ? ? neurotoxin; anesthetic and carcinogenic ? ?
Cobalt chloride ? antiperspirants; hair dyes; buttons; tools contact dermatitis ? 1
Cocamide DEA foaming agent (lather) shampoo ? ? 1
Cocamidopropyl betaine detergent soaps irritates skin and eyes; "penetration enhancer"; "can be contaminated with diethanolamine" (indirectly causes cancer) ? ?
Copper oxide ? chicken feed ? ore? ?
Coumarin flavoring Mexican synthetic vanilla toxic to the liver Tonka tree 1 USA
Diactyl-TarTaric Acid Esters of Monoglyceride (DATEM) emulsifier; volume enhancer dough e.g. Panera bagels ? ? ?
Diethanolamine (DEA) ? bubble baths; shampoos; soaps; facial cleansers hormone disrupter; liver and kidney cancer; forms carcinogens ? ?
Difethialone ? ? ? ? ?
Dioxin pesticide ? carcinogen; damages skin ? ?
Deltamethrin ? ? ? ? ?
Dicalcium phosphate AKA monohydrogen phosphate dietary supplement cereal; flour; noodles; chicken feed ? ? ?
Ethidium bromide For staining DNA In biology lab mutagen (damages DNA); carcinogen ? 1
Ethoxyquin preservative in pet foods e.g. chicken feed possibly harmful when ingested; touched; etc. ? 1
Ethyl acetate ? ? A narcotic on the EPAs Hazardous Waste list ? ?
Ethylene fruit ripening repressed in Flavr Savr tomato ? naturally produced in fruit; also produced by burning gas 1
Ethylene glycol decreases freezing point of liquids automotive antifreeze neurological effects; multiple organ failure; death. hydrocarbons. 1
Ferrous carbonate (siderite) ? chicken feed ? ? ?
FGD gypsum ? agricultural fields; drywall contains mercury / arsenic / lead Coal power plant scrubber waste ?
Fluoride ? water supply; toothpaste fluorosis; fluoride is an "enzyme poison": meaning it obstructs the metabolism of your cells Industrial waste ?
Formaldehyde (AKA formalin) preservative foam (bedding; upolstery; car seats); cosmetics; shampoos; preservation of dead animals and human cadavers carcinogen; contact dermititis ? 1 2
Fructose natural sweetener fruit ; processed foods not metabolized properly unless eaten with fiber e.g. in whole fruits like oranges and apples fruit YouTube
Gelatin food additive candy; mousse; Frappucinos; Jello potential Mad Cow risk animal skin, cartilage and/or bones boiled in vats with acid YouTube
Glycerin moistener toothpaste; soap ? veggie oils ?
Glycerol sweetener food mild dieuretic; possibly dangerous for diabetics ? 1
Glycerol stearate; Glycerol monostearate; Glyceryl monostearate; Monostearin; Glyceryl stearate emulsifier many uses; e.g. shampoo reproductive cancer risk ? 1
Guar gum thickener food; cosmetics ? legume Cyamopsis tetragonolobus 1
Hexane solvent for extraction of oils traces found in oils e.g. soya; which end up in foods; skin products neurotoxin ? ?
High-Fructose Corn Syrup sweetener; masks bad flavors most processed foods accelerates neolipogenesis i.e. storage of fats into adipose tissues; accelerates atherosclerosis corn YouTube
Isopropyl alcohol ? ? ? petroleum ?
Lecithin emulsifier; also replacement for cocoa butter ? ? soy 1
Limonene ? ? carcinogen ? ?
Linalool ? ? a narcotic that causes central nervous system disorders ? ?
Locust Bean Gum; Carob Bean Gum thickener ? abdominal pain and diarrhoea ? 1
Magnesium Tallowate cleaning agent soap unknown ? 1
Manganous oxide ? chicken feed ? ore? ?
Menadione Diemethylpyrimidinol bisulfate ? chicken feed ? ? ?
Mercury lighting; gold sequestering laptop computer displays; compact fluorescent bulbs attacks the brain naturally occurring element 1
Methanol ? fuels (denaturer) possible carcinogen; CNS depressant; causes acidosis; gets converted to formaldehyde ? ?
Methionine supplement nutrient (amino acid) chicken feed ? ?
Methylisothiazolinone biocide (kills parasites) shampoo; lotions; cosmetics; industrial settings; paints contact burns; dermititis; allergic sensitization; if taken orally it enters brain and spinal cord: kills brain cells ? 1 2
Methylparaben preservative soaps irritates skin; affective male reproductive system; paraben is an estrogen mimic ? 1
Modified food starch thickener; also sweetener (when it refers to MSG) food FDA says any chemicals used to "modify" the starch do not need to be reported to consumer! ? ?
Monocalcium Phosphate leavening agent in bread bread; chicken feed ? ? 1
Monoethanolamine (MEA) ? bubble baths; shampoos; soaps; facial cleansers hormone disrupter; liver and kidney cancer; forms carcinogens ? ?
Monosodium glutamate (MSG) sweetener Chinese take out; other foods ? ?
Nicarbazin antibiotic fed to chickens ? ?
Nitrous acid (HNO2) ? ? mutagen (damages DNA); carcinogen ?
Neomycin sulfate topical antibiotic ? contact dermatitis ? 1
Paraffinum liquidum lubricant emollient soaps dry skin; penetration enhancer; can be contaminated with PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) which are linked to breast cancer ? ?
Parfum fragrance soaps potentially some of: hormone disruption; toxic to liver; neurotoxin; causes asthma; headaches; depression; mood swings; etc ? ?
Pectin gelling/thickening agent; demulcent food; throat lozenges ? fruits (it is in the cell wall) 1
PEG-5 cocamide emulsifier; foam stabilizer; surfactant shampoo ? ? ?
PEG-14 M sorbitan laurate thickener solvent; emulsifier; surfacant soaps "unsafe for use on damaged skin"; "penetration enhancer"; irritates skin; "can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane and ethylene oxide which are linked to breast cancer" ? ?
PEG-150 distearate thickener solvent; emulsifier; surfacant soaps "penetration enhancer"; irritates skin; "can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane and ethylene oxide which are linked to breast cancer" ? ?
PEG-300 surfactant ? skin irritation; probably harmful to kidney+liver if ingested ? 1
PEG-80 thickener solvent; emulsifier; surfacant soaps "penetration enhancer"; irritates skin; "can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane and ethylene oxide which are linked to breast cancer" ? ?
Pentane ? ? narcosis; irritation ? 1
Polyglycerol polyricinoleate (PGPR); also known as E476 emulsifier; replacement for cocoa butter choclate & other candies link to hyperactivity in children; concern that it might change offspring sex ratio; I am not finding much research possibly derived from animals 1 2
Polypropylene terephthalate forms film; type of polyester providing feeling of smoothness soaps carcinogen linked to pancreatic cancer; contains phthalate which mimics estrogen and is linked to breast cancer ? ?
Polyquarternium-7 forms film on skin making it seem soft soaps "contact dermatitis"; "formaldehyde releaser"; can be contaminated with acrylamide which is a CNS toxin ? ?
Potassium benzoate preservative drinks e.g. soda in presence of Vitamin C and heat this chemical forms benzene ? 1
Potassium phosphate (E340) ? food hypocalcaemia ? 1
Propylparaben preservative soaps irritates skin; affects male reproductive system; paraben is an estrogen mimic ? 1
Quaternium-15 formaldehyde-releasing agent (preservative) cosmetics; toiletry; skin moisturizers; hair products allergies; dermatitis; breaks down to formaldehyde ? 1
Saccharin sweetener drinks e.g. soda; also sold by itself not metabolized; inhibits uptake of vitamin biotin ? 1
Sodium benzoate preservative drinks e.g. soda in presence of Vitamin C and heat this chemical forms carcinogen benzene ? 1
Sodium bicarbonate leavening agent; "freshness"; antacid foods; toothpaste ? from earth but purified ?
Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate detergent/booster; co-surfactant shampoo ? oleochemical or petrochemical ?
Sodium hydroxide AKA lye pH (acidity) adjuster soaps irritates skin & eyes; can burn. ? ?
Sodium laurel sulfate (SLS) dispersant; detergent (association colloid) toothpaste; soaps dry skin; irritates eyes; "penetration enhancer"; "can be contaminated with 1,4 dioxane" which causes breast cancer coconut oil ?
Sodium monofluorophosphate tooth decay prevention toothpaste (e.g. Toms) ? fluorospar ore (calcium fluoride) ?
Sodium phosphate (E339) ? food hypocalcaemia ? 1
Sodium selenite ? chicken feed toxic? ? ?
Sodium stearate Cleaning agent in soap (association colloid) soap ? ? ?
Sucralose (Splenda) sweetener foods; also sold by itself enlarged liver & kidneys chlorination of sucrose 1
TBHQ (tertiary- butyl-hydroquinone) antioxidant (to prevent oxidation of frying oil) food (candy and fast food) toxic to kidney & bladder; causes ataxia in rats; may cause child behavioral problems petroleum -- TBHQ is a form of butane 1 2
Tetrasodium EDTA preservative soaps irritates eyes and skin; contact dermatitis; contact allergies; penetration enhancer ? ?
Tetrasodium Etidronate water softener soaps ? ? ?
Thrombin meat glue composite meat products ? 1
Triclosan antibacterial; pesticide detergents; dish-washing liquids; soaps; deodorants; cosmetics; lotions; anti-microbial creams; various toothpastes; in various plastics and textiles. carcinogen; breaks down into dioxin ? 1 2
Triethanolamine (TEA) ? bubble baths; shampoos; soaps; facial cleansers hormone disrupter; liver and kidney cancer; forms carcinogens ? ?
White mineral oil ? Jujyfruits candy carcinogen (same as mineral oil) petroleum 1 2
Xanthan Gum (E415) thickener; prevents sedimentation; "mouth feel" food e.g. ice cream ? bacterium 1 2
Xylitol flavor; sweetener; antibiotic toothpaste may be toxic to dogs birch trees 1
Yellow dye #6 coloring food kidney & adrenal gland tumors in rats ? 1 Norway; Sweden
Zinc oxide (zincite) ? chicken feed ? ? ?
Zinc Pyrithione ? anti-dandruff shampoo kills skin cells ? 1